If you’ve seen my Ultimate Synergy guide, or Synergy on a budget posts, you’ll know I’m a Citrix Synergy regular (and iForum before it became Synergy) so I though I’d share my planned agenda with you in advance. I’ll probably refer back to this myself to ensure I’m not missing a key session that I had planned to attend!
The annual Citrix Conference, Synergy, is rapidly approaching and people are starting to make their travel plans.
If you’re like me, an independent consultant responsible for his own travel expenses, or even an employer looking to minimise your staffs travel costs, this post is for you! I also have details of a discount hotel booking specially negotiated for Synergy delegates!
Citrix Synergy and E2E in 2016 will both be held in Las Vegas, famed for its casino’s.
If you fancy a bit of a gamble whilst at the conferences, a free show or meal, there’s a way to accumulate Casino comps (free and discounted rooms, meals, shows etc) and “free play” (credit you can use to gamble on tables or slots) from the comfort of your own home or office, provided you’re prepared to put in a bit of time.
If you’ve been working with Citrix, Microsoft or VMware virtualisation technology for a while and have never been to E2E/PubForum then you’re seriously missing out.
I’m attending E2E in Las Vegas, my 14th E2E/PubForum and here’s some of the reasons why:
- Good technical presentations from fellow experts and architects.
- Registration is hundreds of euros, not thousands.
- It’s one of the more
chaoticrelaxed and informal conferences.
- It used to be called PubForum, so there’s usually beer involved at some point
- Attendees are limited to around one hundred so its small enough to retain that “big family” feel
- Probably the only place you’ll get networking and quality face-time with loads of CTPs and MVPs without them all having to rush off because of other presentation or vendor booth commitments
- There’s a good mix of loyal regulars many of whom I can now call friends, plus a healthy flow of newbies to make new contact with
- It’s consultant-friendly being mostly on the weekend so I only need to take one day of unpaid leave
- I get to visit lots of nice European cities and it’s only a short plane trip from the UK
- The venues are all inexpensive hotels that won’t break the budget (take note Synergy!)
- By extending my stay for just a day I get to give the family a long weekend break (aka brownie points)
- Alex (the organiser), is a very funny guy, after all these years still claims to make no money whatsoever from this so I’m happy to continue to support his self-delusion.
It’s these reasons why I’ve been to 13 PubForum/E2E and only two BriForum conferences in the past six years.
Hope to see you there!